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    Time flies! How are things going on the study front?
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    Argh

    Studying has been close to nothing lately, I will admit.

    Busy at work, I've been unwell, had a weekend away with my fiancée.

    Excuses, excuses, I know

    Anniversary with my fiancée is 10th April. Pushed the ISCW out to 12th April. Going on holiday on the 16th April. Picking up my new car on 24th April.

    Man, April is going to be a busy one!!!!

    However, ISCW hasn't worried me too much, so I think I can get back on the horse and nail it with enough time to get on with ONT before July.

    In the meantime I've got one or two leads on a possible job move. I've got two applications in to companies that are 5 miles from my door step.

    If I can pull one of those off, that would be *sweet*
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Argh

    Studying has been close to nothing lately, I will admit.

    Busy at work, I've been unwell, had a weekend away with my fiancée.

    Excuses, excuses, I know

    Anniversary with my fiancée is 10th April. Pushed the ISCW out to 12th April. Going on holiday on the 16th April. Picking up my new car on 24th April.

    Man, April is going to be a busy one!!!!

    However, ISCW hasn't worried me too much, so I think I can get back on the horse and nail it with enough time to get on with ONT before July.

    In the meantime I've got one or two leads on a possible job move. I've got two applications in to companies that are 5 miles from my door step.

    If I can pull one of those off, that would be *sweet*
    Not excuses! Its just life! If you want the CCIE and have a life the process will be long. One step at a time..still motivated and posting in a years time you will be fine!
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    Sage advice

    I've not been at my best this week.

    I've been an arse at home too
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Sage advice

    I've not been at my best this week.

    I've been an arse at home too
    We get bad days. Be ready for them. Always be ready to pour energy and enthusiam into things outside the studies. Work and family and importantly yourself also require your attention, and the IE is a real slayer on that. Thats why sometimes a little break is good for all concerned!
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    Ah, things are nicely back on track now. Solved my home issues, so all happy there.

    Added 4GB of memory to my PC, making it excellent. Lately learned about AMD 6 core CPU's which are going to be VERY attractive price wise. Might get one.

    As for ISCW, I've been slowly hacking away at the Lab book and making steady progress once again. Tonight the mrs is not home until 9:30PM so this gives me a nice 3 hours within which to do some more labbing.

    Tonight it'll be the MPLS Challenge Lab of setting up a MPLS VPN. Yes, I know the configuration is not important for the sake of the exam, but I am a sucker for labbing cool stuff like that, plus it'll help me nail all the concepts

    Other than that, as I say, making steady progress overall. Exam is on April 12th, and then holiday on the 16th. Then I've got until July 31st for ONT, but I want it out of the way.

    Tempted to take a Cisco holiday after it before I attempt my CCIE journey proper... There seems to be a lot of call for SQL Server skills and I think tackling the Installation and Management side would be a nice distraction from Cisco just to take a break, while bumping up the skills on the ol' CV side of things.

    Work wise, having a terrible time, though it really helps motivate studying (i.e. my job makes me want to study to help get out)

    So, overall, not too bad
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    Ah, things are nicely back on track now. Solved my home issues, so all happy there.

    Added 4GB of memory to my PC, making it excellent. Lately learned about AMD 6 core CPU's which are going to be VERY attractive price wise. Might get one.

    As for ISCW, I've been slowly hacking away at the Lab book and making steady progress once again. Tonight the mrs is not home until 9:30PM so this gives me a nice 3 hours within which to do some more labbing.

    Tonight it'll be the MPLS Challenge Lab of setting up a MPLS VPN. Yes, I know the configuration is not important for the sake of the exam, but I am a sucker for labbing cool stuff like that, plus it'll help me nail all the concepts

    Other than that, as I say, making steady progress overall. Exam is on April 12th, and then holiday on the 16th. Then I've got until July 31st for ONT, but I want it out of the way.

    Tempted to take a Cisco holiday after it before I attempt my CCIE journey proper... There seems to be a lot of call for SQL Server skills and I think tackling the Installation and Management side would be a nice distraction from Cisco just to take a break, while bumping up the skills on the ol' CV side of things.

    Work wise, having a terrible time, though it really helps motivate studying (i.e. my job makes me want to study to help get out)

    So, overall, not too bad
    Little and often is good. One year down the line its nice to look back!
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    You're not wrong there!

    12 months ago I was gearing up for BCMSN shot one and looking forward to Singapore. Hadn't met my now fiancée yet though, that's only 2 weeks away though (1st anniversary!)

    On the whole though, the last year has been a blast.

    Here's to the next!
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    Studying is nicely back on track now.

    Had a bit of a family emergency on the weekend. My fiancée and I have two rabbits, whom we thought (well told when we bought them) that they were both boys.

    We found out the hard way on the weekend that we in fact have a boy and a girl, and unfortunately we were in no way prepared for it, and lost two babies. Made me sad in a way, but there we go. We've since taken the girl to the vet today as she needed checking over and she has a problem with ear mites which isn't very comfortable for her on top of everything else.

    Oh well.

    On the job front I am quite frustrated and depressed. Woke up this morning, and before I'd left for work (and as my fiancée was getting off a 11 hour night shift) we had a row because i've been miserable for the past few days. So that was a great start to the day (That has been sorted now though). The reason for this? The realisation that while I earn good money and have a reasonable job, I am bored out of my skull beyond belief, and dealing with all the 1st/2nd level crap I joined the company to get away from in the first place (They made the junior redundant back in November)

    Anyway, after a word in my ear which basically said that I should be grateful that I have a job at all, and actually I have it quite good means I shouldn't have any reason to be miserable. While the previous sentence is absolutely true and I should probably quit my whining - I just feel wasted. I could do SO much more!!! Why should I have to feel bored. Still, that's two major people in my life giving me the same speech, so perhaps it is me who is in the wrong by wanting to be the best, huh?

    Anyway, in trying to find out about jobs: A company i'd been waiting on for a few weeks (due to one thing or another) have decided to change the job spec to focus on the things that I was particularly weak at, hence not going forward with my application.

    So one down, so I chased another prospective employer - they say that they have already put forward one CV and they are awaiting feedback on that one to see if they'll put mine in. Apparently my lack of Citrix skills is my problem, oh and also because I have not worked in environments of 200+ servers.

    How the hell do you get experience like that living in South Wales? Apparently some other candidates have managed it. On the other side though, apparently I am currently earning less than this post is advertising, while all the other candidates are earning above. I was advised that they may decide to take on someone who was on lesser money and work on the weak areas... so it may come back my way... or it may well not.

    Oh, and last week one post that I had applied for is on hold for the next 6 weeks.

    So I'm down to ONE job application, and that hasn't even closed yet (31st March). So back to the waiting game.

    I did manage to salvage SOME good news today though. My new car is being built this week and should be here when I get back from my holiday in Egypt with my fiancée. Maybe things aren't all that bad after all...

    Best till last though - Study front, ISCW seems to be going excellently well now. Practice tests are revealing 90% and I'm starting to see the weak areas, and i've got about 2 weeks to finish preparation.
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    ISCW on Monday...

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    glad to hear things are back on track

    It's hard in this economy to keep motivated. There are a few of us on here looking around for new gigs including me. I keep fliting between cherry picking and not quite flooding my cv out there. Good luck with the search front but don't let the frustration take itself on your home life even tho its easy to do that.

    good luck for Monday. I had a disaster today for my CIPT2 exam but thats for another thread.
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    Ah damn, sorry to hear about CIPT2 LBF! I'm sure you'll get that one hooked up soon

    Yesterday was our anniversary (1 year! ) so had a lovely day. Final prep for ISCW today, and hopefully a pass tomorrow. Then a 2 week holiday until I get back from my holidays, and my new car to look forward to! woohoo!!!

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    I hate the night before an exam. 4:58am, haven't slept properly at all... Oh well
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    Good luck to you. Hope you post a PASSED!!!!! next...
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    Me too! At the exam centre now. Appointment isn't until 10AM though. 90 minutes early I think must be a record for me. Still, I'd rather be this early than be stuck on the motorway then have to rush here.
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    Good luck
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
    • An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that its going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.
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    Ah damn, sorry to hear about CIPT2 LBF! I'm sure you'll get that one hooked up soon

    Yesterday was our anniversary (1 year! ) so had a lovely day. Final prep for ISCW today, and hopefully a pass tomorrow. Then a 2 week holiday until I get back from my holidays, and my new car to look forward to! woohoo!!!

    Nah mate I didn't even get to sit the exam lol

    Congrats 1 down, many more to come
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    913 and that's ISCW done.
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    913 and that's ISCW done.
    congrats
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    Well done well done well done!!!
    • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
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    Congrats on the ISCW, one more to go and then you can move forward.
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    Nice work, congrats!!
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    Can't believe I didn't see this thread earlier. Many congrats dude, keep chugging away. We are following.
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    Thanks all

    Hoping to go for ONT in June. Before I attack CCIE proper, I might squeak the upgrade for my MCSE in as it is only two exams for me, probably 6 months work...

    But still got the CCIE in my mind
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    Well would you believe it... we booked to go to Egypt on holiday last August... then, as i'm sure you've all heard, a volcano went off in Iceland, and we've ended up going nowhere..

    Oh well - still got the week off work though - going to a cottage down in West Wales instead, so at least we still get a holiday too.
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